Each year the Festival prides itself on commissioning an artist to create a set of unique awards for our National Competitions. This year the Festival was proud to engage Siobhain Steele, a ceramicist working and living in Cork. Siobhain, a graduate of the Crawford College of Art and Design created a range of handmade ceramic gifts that evoke a sense of simplicity, serenity and connection. Influenced by the abstract lines, patterns and colours found among the natural landscape of her ceramic studio in Rathcormac, County Cork.
Entitled Connection The series of ceramic awards set on white oak is an abstract depiction of sound-waves evoking music and song.
As part of our commitment to supporting artists, the Cork International Choral Festival engaged Liam Lavery and Eithne Ring in 2014 for a collaborate work in producing the perpetual Fleischmann International Trophy award following 20 years of unique works being produced for the competition by Liam Lavery. This perpetual trophy is inspired by a small extract from a hand written score by Aloys Fleischmann merging with the iconic “goldie fish” atop St. Anne’s Church, Shandon” along with other musical motifs and stylized vocalists using cast aluminium as the primary material combined with enamelled copper.
Contemporary Irish artists Liam Lavery and Eithne Ring have been working and collaborating on art projects since 1988. Their work has developed from painting and small low-relief wall panels made of cast aluminium, through to large-scale public commissions using a variety of different materials; bronze, wood, copper, enamels, glass and stainless steel. Both Liam and Eithne have been engaged by the Festival over the years producing both National and International Awards since 1994.